Value of 1995 South African Rand today

R100 in 1995

R388.78 in 2020

The inflation rate in South Africa between 1995 and today has been 288.78%, which translates into a total increase of R288.78. This means that 100 rand in 1995 are equivalent to 388.78 rand in 2020. In other words, the purchasing power of R100 in 1995 equals R388.78 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 5.36%.

Inflation timeline in South Africa (1995-2020)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of R100 throughout the years due to inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchasing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (ZAR) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were obtained by estimating figures from recent trends.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Total Inflation (1995-2020) 288.13%
Total Inflation* 288.78%
Annual inflation avg. (1995-2020) 5.57%
Annual inflation avg.* 5.36%
CPI 1995 31.88
CPI 2020 123.72
CPI today* 123.92
R1 in 1995 R3.88 in 2020

* Values extrapolated from the last official data to obtain today's values.

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the compound interest formula or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes with time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as a compound interest, the following formula can be used: FV = PV (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are R100 worth today. There are 25 years between 1995 and 2020 and the average inflation rate has been 5.3612%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = R100 * (1 + 0.05)25 = R388.13

Using the CPI formula

When the CPI for both start and end years is known, the following formula can be used:

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial

In this case, the CPI in 1995 was 31.88 and the CPI today is 123.92. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= R100 *
123.72/31.88
= R388.13

South Africa inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
R1 rand in 1995 R3.89 rand today
R5 rand in 1995 R19.44 rand today
R10 rand in 1995 R38.88 rand today
R50 rand in 1995 R194.39 rand today
R100 rand in 1995 R388.78 rand today
R500 rand in 1995 R1,943.89 rand today
R1,000 rand in 1995 R3,887.79 rand today
R5,000 rand in 1995 R19,438.93 rand today
R10,000 rand in 1995 R38,877.86 rand today
R50,000 rand in 1995 R194,389.31 rand today
R100,000 rand in 1995 R388,778.62 rand today
R500,000 rand in 1995 R1,943,893.12 rand today
R1,000,000 rand in 1995 R3,887,786.24 rand today

Value of Rand over time (by year)

Period Value
1995 100
1996 106.93
1997 116.88
1998 124.1
1999 135.21
2000 138.24
2001 147.91
2002 154.69
2003 175.59
2004 172.72
2005 176.51
2006 180.07
2007 188.75
2008 203.03
2009 221.93
2010 235.61
2011 243.48
2012 258.86
2013 273.91
2014 288.27
2015 303.66
2016 319.39
2017 341.96
2018 357.35
2019 373.08
2020 388.13
Today 388.78